How to get a Student ID Card

If you are new to UNSW this term or requesting your Student ID card for the first time please follow the below steps to obtain your Student ID Card.

Before requesting your Student ID Card

1. Accept your offer and enrol into classes

You will need to accept your offer and enrol into classes online via myUNSW. 

Further information and a step by step guide can be found on the Getting Started website.

Please note: You will need to wait 24 hours after enrolling into classes before requesting your ID Card.

2. Prepare your identification documents

When presenting in person to request your ID card in person you will need to bring accepted valid identification documentation.

Your identification documentation will be used to verify your identity and confirm your personal details (including your full legal name and if applicable your residency/citizenship status). If the UNSW record of your personal details are incorrect we will use your identification documentation to update those details.

If you do not present accepted valid identification documentation we will be unable to issue you with your ID card.


Requesting your card

Information for students commencing studies in Term 3, 2019


ID Cards for students commencing their studies in Term 3, 2019 will be available from 23 July, 2019. See below for location details.

Please note: You will need to wait 24 hours after enrolling into classes before requesting your ID Card.

During the Term 3 Getting Started period (9 to 20 September 2019), Student ID cards will be available from The Nucleus: Student Hub.

Note on ID Cards for Distance Students and UNSW Canberra Students

Distance Students

To request your ID card complete and email this Distance Student ID Card Application Form (PDF, 380k, 2 pages) to

You will need to attach:

  • passport sized photo;
  • certified copy of your photo ID (accepted ID includes: passport, drivers licence, NSW photo card).
  • if you are a new Domestic student eligible to access Commonwealth Support you are also required to provide proof of your citzenship of residency status if your photo ID documentation does not verify your status.

For information about what is considered an acceptable photo please see our Student ID cards page.

UNSW Canberra Students

Information on obtaining your UNSW Canberra card is available via log in to the ADFA Student Gateway